What a beautiful reality it would be if every Catholic in the Diocese of Rapid City came to experience
the deep, intimate love of our Lord Jesus. If this were to happen, our families, our culture, and our
society would be transformed into what God intended.
Father Pedro Arrupe, former Superior General of the Society of Jesus wrote, “Nothing is more practical
than finding God, that is, falling in love with God in a quite absolute way. What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the
morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who
you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love. Stay in
love. And it will decide everything.”
Isn’t the season of Lent a great time and season to fall in love with God? And isn’t this what the life of a
disciple is meant to be, a love relationship with God, our Father, who has given us everything; with
Jesus, our Savior who has given his life away for us; with the Holy Spirit the great consoler and healer?
I wonder how many are deeply in love with the Lord, where he is the focus of their whole life. I know
that God is deeply in love with each of us and desires us, more than we can possibly imagine.
Jean Corbon wrote in the The Wellspring of Worship, “The most fruitful activity of the human person is
to be able to receive God.” God created us for union. This is what the Eucharist is about — receiving the
deep love of God in Christ Jesus. It is he who offers us this abundant life. Jesus said, “I came so that you
might have life and have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10) and not “I came so that you may cope with
Are you really living this abundant life in Jesus Christ or just coping with life as it comes? Jesus wants
so much more for us. The answer? Eucharistic adoration.
The Catholic Church draws her very life from the Eucharist. As members of the body of Christ, we draw
our very life from the Eucharist, both at the eucharistic table and in prayer with Jesus before the Blessed
Sacrament. Whenever Jesus is present in his body and blood, then he is present to us — body, blood,
soul and divinity — his whole person. This is how we can continue to grow in our relationship with him
outside of Mass, spending quiet time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. This intimate prayer
continues to form this relationship of love. Jesus continues to form our hearts to make them like his own.
In the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II, “Our communal worship at Mass must go together with our
personal worship of Jesus in eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete.”Are not your deepest relationships with those with whom you speak frequently? Are not our deepest
relationships with those we see face to face frequently?
Jesus desires this time with each one of us so that he can speak to our hearts. He desires to see each one
of us face to face to share his love, his joy, his mercy, his healing, all that he is, in this quiet prayer
“How great is the value of conversation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more
consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness!” (Pope Paul
VI, Mysterium Fidei)
Since my arrival in Rapid City, I have longed for a parish that could provide perpetual eucharistic
adoration, allowing people a place that would be open twenty-four hours a day for this type of prayer. I
know how valuable it is for the life of every Catholic and every Catholic community. This union with
Jesus, which takes place at Mass, continues as we adore and worship him in the Blessed Sacrament. It is
a critical part of my spiritual life every day. If it is important, then we will make time for it.
Jesus says to each of us, “Come to me all of you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will
refresh you …” (Mt 11:28.). “Cast all of your anxieties upon the One who cares for you …” (1 Pt 5:7).
Perpetual eucharistic adoration at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will begin after Easter.
More information will follow regarding how to sign up for a prayer time. I greatly encourage individuals
or families to sign up for some time with Jesus. It is a wonderful teaching moment for your children and
it will change your life.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta once remarked, “It was not until 1973, when we began our daily
Holy Hour that our community started to grow and blossom.”
A firm commitment to sign up for a particular time ensures that someone will always be there with
Jesus, and speaks volumes about one’s desire, one’s sacrifice, and one’s commitment to their
relationship with the Lord. Far greater fruit comes for one who commits daily or weekly to this hour
encounter with Jesus before the Blessed Sacrament. But remember, the Evil One will try to keep you
away. For those who commit themselves to this type of prayer, these things will happen:
You will fall in love with Jesus in a new way.
Your life will change dramatically — you will experience that life in abundance.
God will expand your heart for great things.
You will come to see yourself in a new way.
You will hunger and thirst more for holiness — and God will satisfy this thirst.
This will positively impact all the relationships around you.Your life will never be the same. You will be happier and more peaceful than you have ever been. You will receive deep healing in your heart as you share your heart with the Lord.God will bless you, your family, your parish community, and our diocesan community.
How could anyone say, “No” to this!